Rafiq files race discrimination and harassment claim against Yorkshire

Azeem Rafiq files race discrimination and harassment claim against Yorkshire as former spinner alleges racist dressing room comments and a failure to respect the beliefs of players of Pakistani descent

  • Rafiq taking action for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race
  • He is claiming victimisation and detriment due to addressing racism at the club
  • The action is separate to the inquiry into his allegations of institutional racism

Azeem Rafiq is taking legal action against Yorkshire for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race.

Rafiq, 29, is also claiming victimisation and detriment as a result of his efforts to address racism at the club.

The former England Under 19 captain’s claim, filed to the Leeds employment tribunal, is separate from the inquiry launched in the wake of his allegations of institutional racism at the club.

Azeem Rafiq has filed legal action against his former club Yorkshire on the grounds of race

‘Mr Rafiq’s legal claim seeks a declaration that the club acted unlawfully, as well as financial damages for the harm and detriment he suffered,’ read a statement from his lawyers.

‘The claim also makes recommendations to ensure that changes are brought about at the club to ensure it doesn’t happen again.’

Although the time frame is outside the usual three-month limit for claims relating to the workplace, he will argue that it is just and equitable for time to be extended given the public interest in his decision to speak out.

Among other things, Rafiq logs racist dressing room comments, including the use of ‘P**i’ and ‘elephant washer’ in relation to non-white players, a failure to respect the beliefs of players of Pakistani descent and attempts to enforce a drinking culture upon them.

Yorkshire have commissioned an investigation into Rafiq’s allegations of racism

Rafiq also says he was denied professional opportunities offered to white British players, including being refused the opportunity to play Twenty20 cricket in the off-season during his time at the club, which came in two spells, the second of which ended in 2018.

He also alleges a lack of pastoral support when his son was stillborn two years ago, as well as differential treatment in coaching and development support, and disciplinary matters.

A statement from Yorkshire read: ‘Racism has no place in our society or in our sport. We have taken the allegations made extremely seriously, launching a thorough, independent investigation and now await the results and recommendations from this early next year.

‘This is an important investigation for the club and a distressing time for all involved but with this process under way, it would be inappropriate for us to go into further detail.’

Rafiq is claiming victimisation and detriment as a result of his efforts to address racism




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